Future, past. Present tense.

Hello and good morning world. It is March 16, 2022 and you have made it to see another day. The last week or so has been relatively quiet. So much is happening in the world right now that it has been a chore just trying to hide from the news. Hubby just had a few days off and we hung out around our place. It was nice though, to get our back yard spruced up a bit this weekend as we are getting ready for the dinner that I have planned on Saturday. This dinner was planned a few months ago as I knew that everyone has busy lives so I wanted to make sure that everyone had ample time to plan as we live so far from everyone. It was sad when my sons called yesterday to let me know that one of them would not be coming. I hope my son knows that I am okay with it and so glad that the one that is not coming is there to take care of his Grandpa during his time of need. Really, I am very proud of all of my children and the fine adults that they all have become. They are all sensitive, caring and thoughtful. When they were little, I tossed coins in fountains, skipped over cracks in the side walk and prayed hard that my children would get along and let me tell ya’, it worked. Those kids o’ mine! Unfortunately, I was not able to fly my daughter out here with the kids but we do plan on visiting her this summer, finally! At least I hope to make it out there soon.

Oooh ooh…not dinos but on the way to see them.

This past Monday, Hubby and I took a short drive to Cathedral City to see the new dinosaur exhibit that is located across from the Mary Pickford Theater.

We missed the opening ceremony earlier that morning.

The Jurassic Wonders metal sculptures are the creation of artist Ricardo Breceda. Mr. Breceda also has many amazing sculptures located in Anza Borrego that we have been to see many times and still have not seen them all. I linked his website above but here it is again:

Ricardo Breceda – the website has great photos of his work.

We arrived at the dino site around 9:45 AM. I ooohed and aaahed sevaral times as I walked around the metal creatures.

Those teeth…oh my!

This little adventure reminded me of the little excursions I would take my children on back in the day. I was always on the look out for interesting places that cost little to no money to enter. I had several memberships to different museums and such so that we would have places to go even if my pocket book was thin.

The artist surely is talented. I could have spent at least an hour just looking at his work and all the detail. If you are ever driving on Highway 111 and traveling through Cathedral City, DO check it out. After all, it is FREEEEEEEEEE!

We left the exhibit and headed East, toward home. I asked Hubby if we could drive to the parking lot at Agua Caliente as I wanted to get a 360 of the valley. By the way, the weather is perfect today and the skies are a gorgeous blue, even when the sun is high in the sky.

This is facing East toward Palm Springs, CA.

I mentioned to Hubby that I would love to stay at this hotel and one of the suite. Another pipe dream of mine. Anyhow, if you are planning a trip to the Coachella Valley do check out this hotel and casino, at least for the views.

The top level of the parking structure has this cool shadows from the shades that cover the parking area. I snapped a few photos of them.

We made one last stop before we headed home. Hubby had remembered that I mentioned that I would like to see the flamingos that reside at local resort by our place.

Feeding time.

The flamingos are tall, pink birds that make me think of parties and fun times when ever I see them. The first time I had seen a flamingo was at the Los Angeles Zoo. Our Dad had taken us there and gave us a behind the scene tour. My Dad had worked for the City of Los Angeles and had worked on several projects at the Zoo. One of the funniest stories he told was about a time when he and another worker had to make a repair in the elephant exhibit. He said that all the elephants had been kept in another pen while they were working. Not sure of why a young elephant came into contact with my father but as I remember the story, he said that the trainer said it was nuzzling my Dad and touched him with his trunk. My Dad, also as I remember, made us stand in front of the flamingo exhibit while he pointed out what he had worked on. I was in awe, not of work but because of all the pink birds that stood before me.

Hubby was still parking the car when a man in a car pulled up. All the flamingos hurriedly charged over to him. I knew what that meant, it must be breakfast time. It was so cool to watch him feed the animals. While he fed them, he gave me and another couple a brief history of the flamingos. He said that the birds with tags on there legs are part of the original flamingos. He also pointed out two white flamingos and indicated that those were babies and will change color as they get older.

One of these things is not like the other…

In a few days my kids will be here as I mentioned earlier so I need to get back to prep for the weekend. This afternoon, though, Hubby will be playing a happy hour gig with the Ghosts of Kelso at a local RV resort. These are my favorite type of gigs as we are home early. Yay! Really though, every time we go, I get more and more interested in the RV resort living. Looks like fun.

Thank you dear reader for visiting. Where ever in the world you are I wish peace. Hugs to you and you and you as especially YOU.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Even though I also live in the Coachella Valley, your blog is like a mini-travelogue, where I learn about places not far from me. I live less than two miles from the Cathedral City civic center, but still haven’t seen the dinosaur exhibit.

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    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      Thank you Jeff 😊 That is a great compliment coming from a local. In May I will have lived here in the CV for seven years, so everything around here is new to me.

      Hope you get to check them out.

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  2. terrie gura says:

    Love those beautiful flamingos! Your photo of the mountain (looking ahead toward Palm Springs) reminds me so much of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. Very similar mountain shape. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the special catered meal! 🙂

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    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      It was so cool getting to watch them get fed. Hope you visit this area someday. We are surrounded by mountains ⛰🏜


  3. rkrontheroad says:

    I know what you mean about hiding from the news. Sometimes the headlines are all I can deal with. The dinosaurs are pretty amazing, and I found watching the flamingos calming. What lovely animals.


  4. M. Lee Keena says:

    It is sad and unimaginable. The news this morning, heavy. A whole city destroyed.

    Glad you liked the flamingos. They are just around the block and they always make me laugh when I see them 😀


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